In this panoramic documentary, Stephen Ives reveals the American West stripped of its Hollywood mythology, yet with intense drama and larger-than-life heroes and villains. The series portrays the impact the onrushing white settlers, adventurers, and exploiters had on Native Americans and the land. Packed with vivid imagery and personalities, The West reveals the triumph and tragedy of America's drive to become a continental nation.
Producer: Stephen Ives, Jody Abramson, Michael Kantor
Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Production Company: WETA; Florentine Films; Insignia Films
Production Year: 1996
Copyright Year: 1996
Narrator: Peter Coyote
Talent: Ken Burns
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan
Number of Discs: 5
Length: 707 minutes
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Why the AV version? Because it provides additional usage options for PBS videos. AV versions come with limited performance rights so they can be shown in classrooms, at PTA meetings, during after school programs, and transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or on a single campus. They also can be enjoyed in admission-free public screenings, which also makes them ideal for use by library patrons and businesses involved in community clubs and organizations.